If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

1300 657 380
Monday - Sunday
between 9am - 5pm AEST
or via email helpline@blueknot.org.au


Do you live with disability?  Have you experienced abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation?

For support for Disability Royal Commission or general support contact our National Counselling & Referral Service

1800 421 468
9am - 6pm AEST Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEST Sat, Sun & public holidays




Publications by Blue Knot Foundation

Research is key to all our work. All of Blue Knot Foundation’s publications are grounded in cutting edge research. Our nationally and internationally acclaimed research influences policy, guides best practice, supports changing attitudes and trauma-informed cultural change.

2021 - Complex Trauma Spotlight Report – Living with and Healing from Complex Trauma

This Spotlight Report was commissioned by the National Mental Health Commission in recognition of the significant need to build awareness and understanding of the often chronic and largely unmet needs of people living with the long-term impacts of complex trauma. This report reviews the current research and practice into complex trauma and experiences of people with a lived experience of complex trauma – how they have engaged with the system and how the systems have responded to their needs. It highlights the chasm between needs and the system’s capacity to meet them, to support healing and recovery, minimise experiences of re-traumatisation and to be heard, respected and supported to live meaningful participating connected lives.

2020 - Organisational Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Service Delivery

These reissued trauma-informed guidelines for services and organisations provide more detailed contextual information than the 2012 guidelines. This relates to the emergence and nature of the trauma-informed paradigm, issues which have arisen about it, and the current state and scope of
its implementation.

2020Practice Guidelines for Identifying and Treating Complex Trauma-related Dissociation

Complex trauma-related dissociation underlies diverse presentations to health professionals and is often not detected. This means that many people do not receive appropriate responses and care. These guidelines are for clinicians who work in a range of roles, come from different disciplines and have received diverse training but who want to enhance their ability to recognise and work with people experiencing complex trauma-related dissociation.

2020Guidelines for Clinical Supervisors of Therapists who Work with Complex Trauma and Dissociation

The pace of clinical and research insights relating to complex trauma is such that even clinical supervisors conversant with the field can find it hard to keep up. Clinical supervisors who are less aware of the many faces of complex trauma, and who are otherwise competent and experienced in supporting their clinical supervisees, will find the guidelines helpful.

2019 - 2019 Updated Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma

Between 2012 and 2019 the clinical and research evidence around working clinically with complex trauma, including dissociation has exploded. This has necessitated the development of our 2019 Updated Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma.

Again these guidelines have been extensively endorsed and acclaimed by global leaders in the complex trauma and dissociation field prior to their release – ‘truly remarkable – masterful - ground-breaking - milestone’. They provide an integrative guide for diverse practitioners working with complex trauma and dissociative clients.

2019 - Complementary Guidelines

In addition a companion guide to the 2019 Guidelines – combined Complementary Guidelines which provide an overview of the differences between working with complex trauma clients and standard counseling approaches as well as a guide to therapist competencies for working with complex trauma and dissociation.

2019 - In-House Professional Development Training and Services 2019

Our new training guide details the range of training packages we have available. Train your whole staff or a particular team. We can come to you, making training easier than ever.

2019 - Talking about Trauma - Primary Health Care Providers (Purchase hard copy or register and free download here)

This publication seeks to educate the primary health care sector about the nature, types and adverse health impacts of trauma.

2018 - Talking about trauma: Guide to conversations and screening for health and other service providers Purchase hard copy or register and free download here)

This paper is the second in the Talking about Trauma series, designed to support all personnel working in all services systems to have safe conversations with people who have a lived experience of trauma.

2018 - The Truth of Memory and the Memory of Truth – Different Types of Memory and Significance of Trauma Purchase hard copy or register and free download here )

This paper presents current research around the nature of memory, promoting understanding of memory, understanding of traumatic memory, with insights into the phenomenon of recovered memory

2017 - Talking About Trauma - Guide to Everyday Conversations for the General Public (Register and free download here)

Blue Knot Foundation's Talking about Trauma series responds to growing awareness around the prevalence of past and present trauma. It provides knowledge, tools and strategies needed for safe trauma conversations across different populations.

  • The first in the series guides members of the public to initiate or respond to trauma conversations with family,friends, colleagues and/or people they don't know so well.

2016 - Trauma and the Law: Applying trauma informed practice to legal and judicial contexts (Register and free download here)

With this publication Blue Knot Foundation spearheaded trauma-informed change within and across the legal and judiciary system. Our specialised professional development training and supervision/debriefing supports legal practitioners, other personnel and firms to implement this research into their daily practice. To optimise client and practitioner safety, well-being and outcomes. 

2015 - The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia (Free download here)

Blue Knot Foundation and Pegasus Economics came together to develop a report on the economic impact of unresolved childhood trauma and abuse in adults in Australia. The report highlights a strategy for addressing the structural budget deficit by addressing the public health issue of childhood trauma and abuse at its core.

2012 - Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery Purchase hard copy or register and free download here )

These highly acclaimed Practice Guidelines present the collective wisdom of current national and international research in the complex trauma and trauma-informed fields. They have revolutionised possibilities for recovery for the large numbers of people with unresolved "complex trauma" and trauma-informed systems change. They provide the core evidence base for Blue Knot Foundation’s extensive education and training program. 

2010 - Use and Abuse (Free download here)

ASCA, in partnership with the Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies at University of New South Wales conducted a research project exploring the experiences of adult survivors of child abuse in drug and alcohol treatment. The research project aimed to shed new light on the use of alcohol and drugs by adult survivors and the challenges that this poses to professional practice in alcohol and drug services. 

2006 - Ritual Abuse and Torture in Australia (Free download here)


Publication by the Clinical Division of British Psychological Society

2018 -  Power Threat Meaning Framework Overview

The Power Threat Meaning Framework is an alternate, evidence-based framework to the medical model of mental distress. An overview document can be downloaded or purchased in hard copy here

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on Tuesday, 3 October 2017.
Using research and practice evidence to inform complex trauma treatment, including child sexual abuse by admin
on Monday, 2 October 2017.

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NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

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